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JANUARY 2013 - Presbyterian Church of the Master


									                                                                                                                     J ANUA RY 20 13

Happy New Year!

A new year always comes in with numerous possibilities. If there is no other time of year where we pause, if just for a moment, to take
stock of where we want to go, a new year is it. So where do we hope to go this year?

I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I know myself too well. I show up at the gym for the first month and then lose momentum
quickly. What I have found helpful is to think about the year in themes.

A couple of themes that I want to work into our life together more deeply this year are the themes of developing a life of prayer, and
seeing ourselves in God’s story. As to the first theme, we will be focusing on the psalms at some point soon. The psalms have a history
among God’s people as being a school for how to pray. The old Scots used to sing the psalms to different tunes so that almost every
psalm made its way inside people’s hearts through song. This is part of our Presbyterian history that could be fruitfully reclaimed.

The second theme that I would like to work into our life together is for us to see ourselves in God’s story. This may seem obvious, but
unless we develop a storied imagination with protagonists, antagonists, plots, settings and the like, our culture will hand us other ways
to perceive of ourselves: consumers, achievers, etc. We too often lose sight of the fact that the Bible itself is a grand narrative that begins
with the creation and ends with a new heaven and a new earth. Through the Holy Spirit, God grafts our story into his large story. Why
story, you might ask? This ties in with our goal of understanding and becoming a missional church. When we discover how the church
fits into God’s story we may see ourselves a bit differently as well.

I am sure that God will add to these themes as we journey together into 2013.

The peace of our Lord,

Pastor Jackson

“WINTER FUN” will be on the agenda for our         plays, stories, cooking, dramatic play and           stocked with water filled squirt bottles. When
preschoolers during the month of January. The      games. Children will paint with ice cubes,           the children squirt the water on the corn starch
children will be learning about activities that    finger paint with shaving cream, dance with ice      it will become crunchy like snow.
can be enjoyed during the winter season on the     cube shakers, and enjoy hot chocolate at snack
year. One of the topics will be the water cycle.   time.                                                At the end of the month the children will have
Two great stories that can help a preschooler                                                           a pajama day brunch. Everyone wears their
understand the water cycle are “The Adventures     This will be a great month for the “budding          night clothes to school, including the parent
of Iggy the Ice Cube” and “The Itsey, Bitsey       scientists” since the children will be               helpers and the staff. Classroom activities
Rain Drop.” The teachers will actually place       participating in many weather related classroom      include a pajama day parade, night time stories
an ice cube on a saucer so the children can        experiments. For example, we will demonstrate        and a yummy brunch of orange juice, sausage,
observe it melting and ultimately to evaporate.    wind with a toaster and tissue. As the heat rises    pancakes and syrup or powdered sugar. It is a
It becomes a concrete example for the children.    from the toaster it displaces the cooler air and     great way to end a fun filled learning adventure
The teachers will name it Iggy. When it has        cause air movement which results in “wind.”          at school.
evaporated and disappeared the teachers will       How about that! During another experiment
say that Iggy is off on another adventure. Great   the children will watch it rain in a pan and even    Bible stories and chapel time stories will all
fun and great learning!                            do an experiment to “make frost.”                    related to the life and ministry of Jesus. The
                                                                                                        specific stories for January will be the Boyhood
The month will be full of interesting activities   The sensory table on the playground will             of Jesus, Fishers of Men, The Little Boy Who
and science experiments, creative art, finger      be filled with 25 pounds of corn starch and          Shared His Lunch, and Jesus and the Children.

                                                         Children’s Library News from Noah’s Ark
                                                                                        By Pril Worcester Kirkeby

                                                   CHARACTER COUNTS in the NEW YEAR                     OVERSIZE BOOKS FOR ALL AGES OF
                                                   Teaching our children to act with integrity and      CHILDREN:
                                                   keeping their promises (especially to God) all       THE A-B-C’s of CHARACTER by Tony
                                                   add up to creating solid Christian character.        Salerno. A character-building primer. Discover
                                                   Jesus said, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’   character letter by letter. Features twenty-six
   January Birthdays                               be ‘No’.” (Matt. 5:37) It doesn’t matter what
                                                   others do. It matters what we do! The ‘Yes’ of
                                                                                                        character traits – one for each letter of the
                                                                                                        alphabet, from “Attentiveness” to “Zeal”.
                                                   a person of character is far more binding than       DESIGNED BY GOD, So I Must Be Special by
                                                   the oath sworn by a person without character.        Character Builders for Kids. Written by Bonnie
Jan 6             Cole Riter                                                                            Sose in verse. Colorful, with illustrations such
                                                   In January, books will be highlighted in the
Jan 9             Evelyn Macafee                   Children’s Library Basket which concern              as children would draw and paint.
Jan 9             Jacey Santagata                  building good character in children. Parents
Jan 11            Adam Ciampa                      and grandparents will enjoy reading these            REGULAR SIZE BOOKS FOR ALL AGES:
                                                   stories with their children.                         A CHILDREN’S BOOK ABOUT LYING by
Jan 11            Ryan Harvey                                                                           Joy Berry. The purpose of this book is to help
Jan 14            Jacob Schwarz                    BOARD BOOKS FOR THE VERY YOUNG:                      children understand the difference between
Jan 15            Katherine Booth                  BEDTIME PRAYERS. “Jesus, hear your                   fantasizing, being mistaken, and purposely
Jan 17            Luke Tubman                      children/ When we kneel to pray; May your            lying. In addition, it teaches the child the
Jan 22            Hannah Bohm                      love and kindness/ Always on us stay.”               importance of telling the truth.
                                                   GOD LOVES ME BIBLE by Susan Beck. Filled             GOD LOVES HIS PEOPLE by Joann Scheck.
Jan 23            Grace Gallagher                  with simple, action-filled stories about the         Long, long ago God made a beautiful world.
Jan 24            Kylie Scanlon                    lives of 66 of the Bible’s key characters. The       After creating the skies, stars, waters, fish,
                                                   overriding theme of the Bible: God loves His         trees, flowers, and grass, He made animals,
Nursery & Toddler Birthdays                        world, His people, and “me”.                         birds, and finally humans. “I love you”, God
                                                   THE STORY OF THE LORD’S PRAYER by                    said, “This beautiful world is your home.”
Jan 14       Jude Neppl                                                                                 Includes stories of Noah, Baby Moses, David
                                                   Patricia A. Pingry. As a little girl begins her
Jan 27       Becker Taggart                        day, goes to nursery school, gets picked up by       and Goliath, Daniel and the lions, and Jonah.
                                                   her Dad, and finally ends her day with prayer        PRAYING JESUS’ WAY by Dandi Daley
                                                   before sleep, the words of the Lord’s Prayer are     Mackall. My Favorite Verses series. Introduce
                                                   illustrated by her actions.                          your child to some of the best-loved passages

Children’s Library cont...
in the Bible … presents The Lord’s Prayer using
                                                            CHURCH LIBRARY NEWS                             embarks on this journey from the brink of physical
                                                                                                            disaster pursuing God’s goal of good health
                                                               By Pril Worcester Kirkeby                    and keen spiritual fulfillment. Poignant story,
familiar childhood experiences.
                                                                                                            sometimes humorous.
                                                                                                            JUST COURAGE by Gary A. Haugen. (248.4)
NEW FOR THE PARENTING COLLECTION                     START THE NEW YEAR with the Three “C’s”!               By the author of Good News About Injustice. In
(Part of the Children’s Library):                           Courage, Commitment, and Christ.                different times and in different ways, our heavenly
CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS, A                        Christians usually have strong personal values, and    Father offers us a simple proposition: Follow me
Family Guide by David Luterman, D.Ed. editor.        with Christ to guide us, we can make wise choices      beyond where your own strength can take you
Indexed with support resources given. What           in the new year. The following new donated books       … and you will experience me and my power
parents should know about the impact on the          on the Bookcart are by and about people who have       and my wisdom and my love. Gary is President
family, hearing aids and cochlear implants,          produced a commitment to God that lasts. And           of International Justice Mission, a human rights
school and the classroom.                            the following words by Robert Louis Stevenson are      organization based in Washington, D.C.
                                                     still relevant, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest   REASONS TO BELIEVE by John Marks. (BIOG.)
                                                     you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”                 One man’s journey among the Evangelicals and the
COORDINATOR: Donations of books and                                                                         faith he left behind. A veteran journalist, Marks
                                                     HIGHLIGHTED ON THE BOOKCART IN                         became a producer for 60 Minutes. He tracks his
DVDs for children may be left in Children’s          JANUARY:
Ministries with Danielle Sutton, Sunday                                                                     former born-again faith with a ruthless critical eye.
                                                     AUGIE’S QUEST by Augie Nieto & T.R.                    He speaks at length with missionaries, political
School Director. You may contact Pril with           Pearson. (BIOG.) At forty-seven years old Augie        activists, theologians, Christian musicians and
questions at: and (949)            was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).         filmmakers – the rich and the powerful, the poor
855-6786. The Children’s Library is located          Devastated as he was, one year later Augie and his     and the broken, and the pastors who have turned
on the 2nd floor of the CEB, and highlighted         wife were profiled as “Real Heroes” on Today as        small congregations into mega churches.
titles are in a basket in the checkout area. Self-   they were determined to make major overhauls in        A SIMPLE PATH by Mother Teresa. (BIOG.)
service checkout; leave signed book cards in         the way ALS research was conducted.                    In her own words, Mother Teresa shares the
the box provided. Returns in the book return         THE EDGE OF THE DIVINE by Sandi Patty.                 thoughts and experiences that have led her to do
box by the shelves.                                  (BIOG.) Overweight and stressed out, award-            extraordinary charitable work in Calcutta, India.
                                                     winning vocalist, speaker and author Patty goes        Just as important as her beliefs is how they are put
                                                     forward with an eighty-pound weight loss. She          into action in the world.

                                                                                                            MORE NEW DONATIONS OF FICTION:
    DECEMBER BIG WEDNESDAY                                                                                  THE MISSING by Beverly Lewis. Book Two of
                                                                                                            Seasons of Grace. Heartwarming sequel to THE
                                                                                                            SECRET. Grace Byler longs to uncover the secret
                                                                                                            that drove her mother to leave the family weeks
                                                                                                            ago. An Amish story.
                                                                                                            FORGET-ME-NOT by Shari MacDonald. A
                                                                                                            young American woman studying landscape
                                                                                                            architecture travels to England … she is drawn to
                                                                                                            a manor with mysterious inhabitants.
                                                                                                            CANYON by Lorena McCourtney. Young couple
                                                                                                            planning their wedding and looking forward to
                                                                                                            a glorious summer guiding white-water rafting
                                                                                                            through Grand Canyon are given shocking news of
                                                                                                            their parents.

                                                                                                            FROM THE LIBRARY COORDINATOR:
                                                                                                            Thanks to book donors this month – the
                                                                                                            Samuelsons, Jason Vetter, and Shirley Gratsch.
                                                                                                            Due to limited space in the Adult/Teen Library,
                                                                                                            book donations have to be in small amounts, and
                                                                                                            duplicates are given to The Friends of Mission
                                                                                                            Viejo Library Library location is in Youth Services,
                                                                                                            Administration Bldg. The Bookcart is on the
                                                                                                            church patio by the Information Booth on Sundays.
                                                                                                            Self-service checkout. Book returns may be left on
                                                                                                            the Bookcart, or in Return Box near shelves in the

   WOMen’s Ministry                                                               Children’s Ministry
“Season of Joy”                                          Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to one and all who worked so diligently        Operation Christmas Child was a wonderful success this year! Samaritan’s Purse announced that with
to make this year’s PCOM Women’s Ministries              this year’s shipment, they will have sent 100 million shoebox gifts over the last 10 years to children around
Christmas luncheon a huge success.  There were           the world. Many thanks to all of you who participated in 2012 by filling a shoebox. PCOM donated 325
countless people who combined their hours, clever        shoebox gifts to the children of the world!
ideas, donations, creativity and organizational
skills to make this a wonderful occasion to begin        On Tuesday December 4, a group of 25 people from PCOM travelled to the OCC warehouse in Huntington
the Christmas season.  Thank you also to the many        Beach to “process” shoeboxes. We walked among stacks and pallets of shoebox gifts to get to our stations
husbands who contributed their skills, talents and       where we worked for 4 hours to sort the content of boxes, tape boxes and pack boxes into cartons for
special “man power” to help us out.                      shipping. It was a great way to serve God together along with dozens of people from other churches and
                                                         organizations. One of my favorite times of our evening was when we took a break from our “work” and
Now that the dishes are washed and back in the           prayed. We all placed hands on the shoeboxes and asked for God’s blessing on the children who would
china cabinets, tablecloths have been laundered,         receive these gifts. God is at work through the ministry of Operation Christmas Child!Lynn Shields
new purchases from the wonderful Christmas
Boutique wrapped, and given as Christmas gifts,
the happy memories of “Season of Joy” still linger. 
The Commons became a magnificent banquet hall
on Saturday, December 1, 2012 as over 210 women
arrived for the event.  Every table was uniquely
set by the table hostesses, and we all enjoyed
a delicious luncheon catered by Linda Kirby
Events and delightful musical program featuring
the Mission Viejo High School Chamber Choir
conducted by our own John Elg.  The boutique
was a resounding success with over 30 vendors
thanks to the care and organizational skills of Fran
Doyle and Danielle Sutton, and Maryjane Hilbun
and Jennifer Beneventi worked their magic again
assembling over 35 beautiful raffle baskets. The
final numbers are not in as of this writing, but
approximately $10,000 was raised to support
various women’s ministries and mission projects. 
This is a special event, and we are so blessed to have
so many women come together for fellowship and
for the betterment of our community.
Thank you again to everyone involved in any way
for making this event such a huge success.  We truly
appreciate everyone’s contributions.

The Christmas Luncheon Steering Committee
Donna Eaton, Elizabeth Geer, Helga Hoffmann,
Pat Minnesang, Deedee Pichard, Cleo Purdy and
Lynn Shields
                                                                  get invloved

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013                                                                             If you are hoping to make a greater connection
          12:00 PM ~ The Commons                                                                       to the church’s purpose but haven’t discovered
                                                                                                       just how you can best contribute, please join us
           Lunch catered by Jolanda                                                                    in this class focused on discipleship – aimed at
                Cost is $10.00                                                                         growing our confidence and ability to:
                                                                                                       	 •	Assist	in	a	greater	understanding	of
  INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS for 2013                                                                    	 			Scripture,	worship	and	mission.
                                                                                                       	 •	Encourage	questions	about	the	faith.
  We need a volunteer to act as Treasurer for                                                          	 •	Provide	answers	to	faith	questions.
         Master Mariners for 2013.                                                                     	 •	Thoughtfully	respond	to	objections,
   Please call Donna Dimos, 699-3320, or             DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY                              	 			concerns	and	misconceptions.
   Marilyn Foreman, 215-3780, as soon as             Sunday Evenings                                   	 •	Demonstrate	the	faith	in	everyday	life.
                  possible.                          6:30 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.
                                                     Conference Room                                   Dr. Foster is internationally distinguished as
   Old friends and newcomers, members and                                                              a medical scientist, physician, educator and
           non-members, are welcome                  Disciple Bible Study is a 34 week course that     author. He served 16 years as the chairman
 If you are not on our caller’s list, you may call   covers the Bible. Classes on the New Testament    of the Department of Internal Medicine,
           Gladys Farquhar, 206-0547,                will meet weekly on Sunday evenings. A            University of Texas Southwestern Medical
    or the church office, 582-2670, to make a        workbook (available at modest cost) is used       School and three terms on the president’s
                  reservation.                       to guide reading and discussion of the Biblical   Council on Bioethics. He was named Great
 If you make a reservation and cannot attend,        themes.  If you would like to be part of this     Teacher by the National Institutes of Health
  please cancel by noon Tuesday, January 29.         class, call Ramona Holland, 829-6902.             and for four years hosted a national television
                                                                                                       program for the Public Broadcasting System.

                                                     Sharing the Faith                                 Dr. Foster’s religious teaching record is equally
                                                     Lessons by Daniel Foster, MD                      impressive. For over thirty years he has taught
                                                     (video	and	audio)                                 an adult education class of over 300 members.
Pathfinders                                              Third Wednesday of the Month                  Recordings of his lessons are distributed to
A Bible-focused Christian education class for                                                          subscribers world-wide. He has also been an
                                                                  6:30 p.m.                            invited key-note speaker at numerous regional
all ages                                             Conference Room – Administration Building
SUNDAYS: 10:30 a.m.                                                                                    and national religious conferences.
Sanctuary Building – Room 1                          Consider these issues concerning our church:
                                                                                                       Please direct any questions to David Finley,
Pathfinders will resume on Sunday,                                                                     489-9333 or
                                                         • What does Christ want us to do?
January 6, with a new year of classes.                   Jesus said: “Be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)
                                                         And I will make you fishers of men.”
Pathfinders is dedicated to being a Bible-               (Matthew 4:19)                                              Sojourners
focused Christian education class for all ages.                                                                      Sunday Mornings
Staying close to God’s Word helps keep us                • Where did God place us?                                      9:00 a.m.
close to Christ. And, knowing the Word helps             People living in our area are “highly                         Classroom 2
us to be ready with answers when our friends             disengaged”
ask us about our faith. The class goes from              – 50% reporting they have no faith            An adult education class examining the
series to series, usually lasting about four             involvement.                                  world around us from a Biblical perspective
weeks. It is not a membership group – stay                                                             and encouraging the application of our
for a series or two; for as long as the topics are       • Our congregation has indicated that         insights in our daily lives.
of interest to you. The teaching is always first         they would like:
rate and the contributions from the class always         -To have greater local impact – reaching      Basic Bible study of  The Sermon on the
makes it better. Please keep an eye out for the          out, promoting ministries and making          Mount, arguably the greatest sermon Jesus
Pathfinders entry in Sunday worship bulletins            a difference to the community.                ever preached, containing the central tenets
for class topics beginning in January 2013.              -To receive training in some form of          of Christian discipleship.  Read alone, this
                                                         outreach, evangelism, or missions work        sermon can be confusing.  To profit from its
                                                         -To personally contribute and make a          wisdom and apply Christ’s teachings, we will be
                                                         difference in this church                     engaging in serious study and contemplation
                                                                                                       of the scripture and interpretations by various
                                                               get involved

             SUPPORT                              Please know that Forest Home Boosters is
                                                  open to all interested women of Saddleback
                                                  Valley and beyond. We meet September
                                                  through May each year on the 3rd Thursday of
                                                  the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon at PCOM in
                                                  Room 2 for fellowship, Bible Study and prayer
                                                  and are currently studying “The Women of
                                                  the Old Testament.” This is your ”personal
                                                  invitation” to join us on Thursday, January 17,
                                                                                                            WHAT GOES UP MUST
                                                  If you have questions, you may call Jean
                                                                                                               COME DOWN
                                                  Molnar at 831-3656 or Doris Rende at 830-
FOREST HOME BOOSTERS                              2978.
                                                                                                    The decorating committee is looking for a few
                                                                                                    volunteers to spend an hour helping to take
By the time you read this, Christmas 2012
                                                                                                    down the Christmas decorations. Please join
will be a pleasant memory. We had various
opportunities to worship our Lord through         NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR                           us at 9:00am on Tuesday, January 8. Your help
                                                                                                    is greatly appreciated!
music and the spoken word this Christmas
season. The Forest Home Boosters have
                                                  RESPITE CARE
enjoyed a tradition for the past several years
                                                  The Deacons are in need of more volunteers
of getting together at Sarducci’s Capistrano
                                                  (especially male) for assisting caregivers who
Depot Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano for a
                                                  would like to attend the monthly Caregivers
festive Christmas Luncheon. Only 65 people
                                                  Support meeting on the third Mondays of
will fit comfortably in the large dining room
                                                  the month. The meetings typically run from
with the fireplace and view of the Amtrak/
                                                  6:30-7:30 pm at church. Please consider
Metrolink trains that run from Los Angeles to
                                                  giving the gift of time to our caregivers who
San Diego and back many times a day. The
                                                  need support and prayer at this stage of their
charm of the restaurant decked out in holiday
                                                  lives. If you are interested, please call Sue
decor, good food and excellent service is a
                                                  Ashby in the office, 582-2670. Thank you!
good beginning. By adding Robin and Kent
Kraning, representing Forest Home Ministries,
with the spoken word and Roz Mignogna,
providing special Christmas music, it made            Opportunities to Serve
our December 13, 2012 event very special.
                                                      From time to time, your Mission Team will list “Opportunities To Serve.”
We learned firsthand what is going on at Forest       For those interested in a missional activity, please see the point of contact listed for
Home this year and how the lives of youth             each need.
and families at PCOM have been changed by
attending a camp at Forest Home. Did you              SAVE THE DATE:
know that you can also participate in this
ministry? Many of you actively participate            April 13-20, 2013 - Our team will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to the
with us by filling “Pocket Change Can Change          Presbyterian Disaster Assistance work site helping rebuild tornado damage on April
Lives” cans over and over. All of this pocket         27, 2011 in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham area.  Sign-ups to begin in January.
change has added up to several thousand
dollars that we have donated towards                  NEED:  HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS - THE HEART OF HOSPICE
Camperships over the past few years. It is also       Hospice of Saddleback Valley, a department of Saddleback Memorial Medical
possible to contribute to PCOM - Forest Home          Center, has been providing compassionate care to the terminally ill of Orange
Boosters as part of your regular giving. Your         County since 1992. They are looking for people with caring hearts as Volunteers who
gifts will be included on your regular PCOM           can provide 4 hours a week of support to terminally ill patients and their families.
quarterly statements from the church. You             Please call for the next training session.  Contact: Cheryl Lanterna,  Volunteer
may use your regular offering envelope with           Coordinator, Hospice of Saddleback Valley 949-460-1529.
your number on it for proper credit. Be sure
to designate FOREST HOME BOOSTERS.                    YOUR MISSION TEAM
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that you are
making an “eternal investment” in the lives of
our own PCOM youth and families?
                                                                              get HELP

                                                            Reasons for YOU to CONSIDER becoming a
                                                            Stephen Minister:                                    PCOM AND NAMI-OC EDUCATION
                                                            Reason #10: You will learn to turn challenges        MEETING
                                                            into new opportunity for others
                                                            A dedicated, trained, and Christ-centered            PCOM and Nami-OC offer “No More
                                                            Stephen Minister can help a person in crisis find    Counting Sheep, Curing Sleepless Nights
Am	I	really	being	called,	I’m	not	qualified,	am	I?          peace and wholeness.                                 Without Pills” - an evidence based approach
God	has	a	plan	for	us	all,		Small	people	of	the	Bible	      Reason #9: Stephen Ministers are skilled             for treating insomnia.
were	equipped	and	used	in	remarkable	ways!                  caregivers                                                         Monday, January 14
                                                            You will be well prepared to walk alongside                 Room 2, upstairs in the sanctuary
Stephen Ministry is . . .                                   people in crisis or in your own relationships                      7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    One-on-one ministry by trained, caring                  with family and friends.
    Lay Ministers who have responded to Paul’s                                                                    Dr. Brian Licuanan will speak about:
                                                            Reason #8: Stephen Ministers experience the
    call to “carry	 each	 other’s	 burdens,	 and	 in	                                                            1. Impact of sleep deficiency on medical and
                                                            joy of fellowship with one another
    this	 way	 you	 will	 fulfill	 the	 law	 of	 Christ.”   You will share joys and challenges of caring         psychological health.
    Galatians 6:2                                           relationships, pray for one another and relating     2. Common and Unique Sleep Disorders
                                                            in a spiritual way.                                  3. Cognitive Behavior Treatment for Insomnia
A Stephen Minister is . . .                                 Reason #7: Stephen Ministers learn to listen
   •	A lay person who has received over 50 hours            Stephen Ministers learn to listen for more than      Dr. Licuanan is a Chief Psychologist for
     of training in how to provide distinctively            just words. They seek true understanding and         Southern California Psychiatric Association
     Christian care                                         empathy.                                             and Chief Psychologist for “A Mission for
   •	A child of God who walks beside a hurting              Reason #6: Stephen Ministers are assertive           Michael, Inc.” For further questions please
     person                                                 caregivers                                           call Sue Everett 586-7677.
   •	A caring Christian friend who really listens           Stephen Ministers are trained to “speak the truth
     bringing warmth and kindness to those                  in love.” Christian assertiveness is the best way
     who feel alone                                         of relating.                                         CAREGIVERS MEETING
                                                            Reason #5: Stephen Ministers are caregivers,
Stephen Ministry requirements . . .                         not curegivers                                       Third Monday of the month
    One 2 year commitment                                   You will not be therapists or problem solvers,       6:30 p.m. – Room 1
    Complete an initial 50 hours of training                but will be caregivers. Only God can bring about
    about listening, healthy boundaries,                    healing.                                             Caregivers of parents and spouses have to
    confidentiality, and interpersonal dynamics             Reason #4: Stephen Ministers feel needed
    which is held on Thursday evenings for                                                                       deal with many illnesses but dementia and
                                                            because they are!                                    Alzheimer’s are a common part of what they
    about 6 months.                                         Stephen Ministry benefits our pastors, our
    Attend scheduled continuing education and                                                                    face. Our group consists of caregivers past
                                                            congregation, and our community.
    supervision meetings while serving in the               Reason #3: Stephen Ministry skills apply in          and present, those who have recently been
    Stephen Ministry                                        other relationships                                  through such care giving responsibilities and
                                                            Use your new skills in dealing with spouses,         those who are now sharing such a journey
Stephen Leaders are planning an early 2013                  children, coworkers, and clients to listen without   with a loved one. Those who find themselves
Stephen Minister training class here at PCOM                judgment!                                            suddenly in the role of caregivers can be
and will be accepting applications until the                Reason #2: Stephen Ministry is a life changing       overwhelmed. Sharing with others who have
training class is confirmed and ready to start.             experience                                           been through the care giving experience can
Call for more information by contacting any of              Respond compassionately when others are              be of great help and comfort.
our friendly and dedicated Stephen Leaders who              in need by helping neighbors, family, and
will gladly discuss the program and help you get            coworkers.
an application.                                                                                                  The Caregivers meet to share concerns and to
                                                            Reason #1: Jesus Commanded it
                                                                                                                 support each other as they care for their loved
                                                            You are called to “bear one another’s burdens,”
Jackie Kosewick                  (949) 584-2590             and to “accept one another.”                         ones. In this group, you will be with people
Lyle Johnson                     (949) 742-2936                                                                  who have taken on the demanding balancing
                                                            PRAY ABOUT THIS AND ASK PASTORS                      act required of caregivers; caring for a loved
Sue Seymour                      (949) 276-4484             OPINION. STEPHEN MINISTRY LEADERS                    one, holding down a job, maintaining good
Kathi Roberson                   (949) 279-1798             WILL GLADLY HELP YOU.                                relationships with other family members. We
Don Roberson                     (949) 279-1797                                                                  meet to discuss resources, good experiences
                                                            Yours Faithfully, PCOM Stephen Ministry              and tough times. We meet to uphold each
                                                            Leadership                                           other in prayer.

                                                                                                                 If care giving is now a part of your life, or has
                                                                                                                 been in the past, we invite you to meet with us.
                                                                                                                 For more information, please contact Carol
                                                                                                                 Todd, 455-0297.
                                                                  get HELP

                                                    DEACON’S CORNER
As we welcome the New Year, 2013, we as a        and Head of the church and through Him          “Brothers, choose seven men from among
church family also welcome our new deacons,      believe in God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   you, who are known to be full of the Spirit
who will be installed this month and some        I promised about ten different things but I     and wisdom…they presented these men to
will be ordained for the first time. Our         remember the last one in particular: “Will      the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands
church takes the role of Deacon from the         you seek to serve the people with energy,       on them. So the word of God spread. The
Scriptures and the Book of Order. Deacons        intelligence, imagination, and love?” I         numbers of disciples in Jerusalem increased
are first called upon in Acts 6, as the early    noticed that this question asked me how         rapidly, and a large number of priests became
church faced problems in distributing food       I am to serve people. I do not visualize        obedient to the faith.”
equitably to the poor, especially to Greek       Jesus dragging his feet or complaining
widows. The apostles needed the assist           how incompetent we are or being tired or        Acts 6:3, 6-7.
because they were called to prayer and the       impatient. Instead, I see in the Gospels a
ministry of the word. Seven men were             loving Son of God who looks forward each
chosen “full of the Spirit and wisdom.” The
Book of Order characterizes this office as
                                                 day planning how best to catch people’s
                                                 attention, or how to meet people’s basic
                                                                                                     Deacon Care Teams
                                                                                                     Communion Care Team
one of “sympathy, mercy, witness and service     physical needs and especially, how to come
                                                                                                     Prayer Care Team
after the example of Jesus Christ.” The word     alongside people to lift their spirits and
                                                                                                     Hospital Care Team
“Deacon” in the Scriptures means “to serve”      engage in real relationship with Him as He
                                                                                                     Courtyard Care Team
or “to minister.” As mentioned in our Deacon     demonstrates His love and care. Jesus gave of
                                                                                                     New Members Care Team
manual, “it is a privilege and a calling to be   Himself willingly and with joy. I pray we all
                                                                                                     Home Care Team
ordained as a deacon, and with this privilege    can as well!
                                                                                                     Emergency Care Team
comes the responsibility of serving the Lord        I am thankful for this Board of Deacons
                                                                                                     Retirement Communities Care Team
with a willing commitment of love, time, and     and hope you will join me in praying for
energy.”                                         them as they seek to love you and care
   I was ordained as deacon in 2004 and I        for you as Jesus does and carry out their
remember standing in front of the sanctuary      commitments. God has called each of them
and feeling the weight of the responsibility     to serve with their unique gifts and talents
and seriousness of answering the questions       and we hope you will help them seek those
for ordination. The ordination questions are     who could benefit from their services.
very good and with God’s help and guidance,      Remember to call the office and ask for
I pledged “I do” and “I will.” I do trust in     Sue Ashby at 582-2670 for any care need.
Jesus Christ as my Savior and as Lord of all     Thank you!

PRAYER CONCERNS                  Chris Van Etten
                                 Pat Parris
                                                                    Mavis February
                                                                    Tex Shannon
                                                                                                 Lyn Carlysle
                                                                                                 Pat McIntosh
Darlene de Monfreid              Vernon Diggs                       Eunice Shannon               Reba Goodell
Jean Saylors Granddaughter       Genece Warren                      Christeen Ann Bedford        Gwyneth Hoff
Nancy Stabile                    Wanda Gaebel                       James Cross                  Arlene LaSor
Kay Lowe                         Lorraine Deyo                      Gail Goodell-Munzing         Mike Neppl
Betty Benning                    Allen Deyo                         Ann McCord                   Patricia Johnson
Rae Faigin                       Rosemary Bevirt                    Lynn Onley                   Dick Whittington
Renee Regan                      Aaron & Special Forces Team in     Lu Henderson                 Shirley Brown
Ray Silvius                        Afghanistan                      Karin Unnerud                Stella Ljungborg
Tobin Stephens                   Ruth Brumme                        Cathy Rich                   The School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton
Marilyn McIntosh                 La Delta Jones                     Jennifer Mack                Please pray for relatives of our church family
Michael Lavesque                 Rosemary Bevirt                    DeeDee Schorling             who are proudly serving in the military and in
Patrick Howell                   Jane Jones                         Katie Schorling              harm’s way.
Mac & Gerry Zeigler              Jan Cramer                         Sandy LaSor
Gerry Gensichen                  Richard Willeford                  Terry Weaver                 Bereaved: Jore Germeroth & Family in the death
Ralph Jones                      Robert Allen                       Karen Hornback               of her husband, Bob, on December 5, 2012
Jeff & Marti Frum                Cole Lemire                        Dean Jongewaard
Games for Kids!
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _’ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
F R E H E O E R T,’ S A S D G O S H O C E N L E P O E P,’ LY O H N D A A E R Y L D V E L O D’,
______ __________ ____ __________                                                                      ________                                ________
H T C O L E V E L S Y U R O E S T I W H P O S S I C M O A N’ , N D E I N K S S ’, Y U T L I M I H ,’
__________ ___ ________.
N E L E S E S N G T D A N TA P N E I E C .
                                Answer: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
                                                                      January 2013
                                                       • HAPPY NEW YEAR!        • Stephen Ministry
                                                       Church Office Closed       - 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                  - Room 1
                                                                                • No High School Club

• COMMUNION                   • ESL                    • Remove Christmas       • Kid’s Klub                 • Finance                                       • Missions Retreat
  SUNDAY                         - 9:00 a.m.             Decorations              Teachers Meeting             Committee                                       - Pritchett’s Home
• College/Young Adults          - Great Room             - 9:00 a.m.            • Wednesday                    - 7:00 a.m.
  - 5:00 p.m.                 • NAMI Support           • Buildings & Grounds      “Night Club” Sr. High        - Conference Room
• Communion Training                                   Committee                  - Youth Room               • Stephen Ministry
  - 11:45 a.m.                                           - 5:30 p.m.- Conf Rm                                  - 1:00 p.m.
                                                       • Missions Committee                                    - Room 2
                                                         - 7:00 p.m.-Conf Rm
                                                       • Jr High
                                                       • BSF Begins

• Ordination/Installation                                                       • MV Youth Choir             • MOPS                   • Forest Home
  - 9:00 a.m. Elders          • MASTER PLAN            • Women of                 - 5-6:00 p.m. - Rm 2       • Forest Home              Winter Camp
  - 10:45 a.m. - Deacons        DEADLINE                 the Word               • Kid’s Praise Choir
• MOPS Steering Com.                                                                                           Boosters                 through January 20
                              • NAMI Caregivers          - 9a.m. - Great Rm       - 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Congreg Care Com.                                                               - Rehearsal Room             - 9:30 a.m. - Room 2   • Jr. High Camp
                                Event                    (1st & 3rd Tuesdays)
  - 10:00 a.m. - Conf Rm                                                        • Women’s Choir              • Special Presbytery       through January 21
• Youth Ministry Committee
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Room 2   • SESSION                  - 5:30 p.m. - Rm 1           Meeting
  - 11:45 - Conf Rm           • NAMI                     - 6:45 p.m.            • Kid’s Klub                   - 7p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
• Confirmation Class                                   • Jr. High                  - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• College/Young Adults                                                          • Sharing-the-Faith
  - 5:00 p.m.                                                                     - 6:30 p.m. - Conf Rm
• Disciple                                                                      •Wednesday “Night Club”
  - 6:30 p.m. - Conf Rm                                                           Sr. High - Youth Rm
Dessert with the Clelland’s

• Kid’s Praise &              • Martin Luther          • Jr. High               • MV Youth Choir             • Stephen Ministry                              • Deacon’s
  Worship                                              • Children’s Ministry      - 5-6:00 p.m.                - 1:00 p.m.                                     Retreat
                                King Jr. Birthday                                 - Rm 2
                              Church Office Closed       Committee Meeting                                     - Room 2                                      • Called Preschool
                                                                                • Kid’s Praise Choir
                              • Flagship Mariners                                 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.    • Alternative Worship                             Meeting
                                Board Meeting                                     - Rehearsal Room             Committee                                       - 9:00 a.m.
                                - 5:30 p.m.                                     • Women’s Choir                - 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                  - 5:30 p.m. - Rm 1
                                - Conference Room
                                                                                • Kid’s Klub
                                                                                   - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                •Wednesday “Night Club”
                                                                                  Sr. High - Youth Rm

• Children in                 • Personnel              • Jr. High               • MV Youth Choir
                                                                                                             • MOPS
                                                                                  - 5-6:00 p.m.
  Worship                       Committee                                         - Rm 2
• Confirmation Class            - 7:00 p.m.                                     • Kid’s Praise Choir
• College/Young Adults          - Conference Room                                 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  - 5:00 p.m.                 • NAMI                                              - Rehearsal Room
• Disciple                                                                      • Women’s Choir
                                                                                  - 5:30 p.m. - Rm 1
  - 6:30 p.m.                                                                   • Kid’s Klub
  - Conference Room                                                                - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                •Wednesday “Night Club”
                                                                                  Sr. High - Youth Rm

 the New Year!
 May God Bless

                                              Sunday Worship Schedule
                           9:00 A.M.
                           Blended Service - Sanctuary
                           •Child Care             •Adult	Sunday	School
                           •Nursery	-	to	2	yrs     •2	yrs	-	6th	grade

                           10:30 A.M.
                           AWAKE: Alternative Worship Service - The Commons
26051 Marguerite Parkway   •High	School	Program	(Youth	Room)            •Child Care
                           •Jr.	High	Program	(Jr.	High	Room	-	upstairs) •Nursery	-	6th	grade	
 Mission Viejo, CA 92692                                                •Adult	Sunday	School
      949 582-2670         10:45 A.M.          Blended Service - Sanctuary
                           •Child Care
                           •Nursery	-	6th	grade

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